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First year perspectives

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First year perspectives

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Palwasha Najeeb

Palwasha Najeeb "Living in halls really takes the edge off the daunting task of starting and settling into university. Having other people from our course that are going through the exact same things, both good and bad, really makes it a special experience for all of us.  

"Little things like walking to our lectures together, spontaneous Jenga matches in the common room and discussing over dinner what we learnt that day to what we plan to watch on Netflix, makes every day a bit more interesting!"  

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Beth Daire 

Beth Daire

"Living in halls is so convenient as lectures are a short walk away and it’s so easy to get to clinical placements by the bus routes.

"The communal areas are perfect to chill out with friends and there are social hubs around the halls that have events on like quiz and food nights!"

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Imran Mian

Imran Mian

"I think before coming to BSMS, I never understood the true meaning of ‘Dream coming true’ but now that I am here, I absolutely love every minute of it. From high-quality, researched-based teaching to clinical teaching, BSMS is a great mix of both worlds. 

"BSMS is not just about being a doctor, it is much more than that. The School not only allows us to become the best healthcare professionals, but it also allows us to grow as individuals to thrive in any clinical or non-clinical challenging situation."

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Holly Tarn

Holly Tarn

"Being a mature student, the process of applying to medical school was somewhat nerve-wracking and isolating. My fears were alleviated when I began at BSMS and realised what a supportive and welcoming environment this is for people from all walks of life.

"I also feel lucky to be part of a medical school that has such early clinical exposure and full dissection; these experiences make all the hard work worth it!" 

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Michelle Riska

"What I enjoy most about my course at BSMS is that I finally get to do what I've always wanted to do. I get to study medicine and do what I love. 

"I live with other medics which is really a great advantage especially when it comes to exam time. Everyone is focused on their studies - it's a great community to live in."

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Faraaz Ahmed

Faraaz Ahmed

"The early clinical contact has been very enjoyable and has helped build our confidence and communication skills from the first week. This also offers us the chance to consolidate and put into practice our learning and develop key clinical skills such as taking a medical history.

"In addition, clinical placements give us the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a doctor." 

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Farazi Virk

Farazi Virk

"I enjoy the lectures at BSMS as all lecturers are passionate about their speciality. In some lectures, patients are invited to the medical school to talk about their condition and this gives us the chance to understand the condition from their point of view rather than just the theory. 

"BSMS is a friendly and small medical school. Within the first week I already knew a large chunk of the year as well as students in Year 2. I was really made to feel welcome not just from students but also from staff who are very supportive and always there to help."  

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Youssef Hassan

Youssef Hassan

"When I was searching for medical schools to apply to in the UK, many things made BSMS stand out. Firstly, BSMS has early clinical practice, which starts from the second week in Year 1. We go on placements in GP Primary Care centers and Secondary Care Hospitals. I find these placements very helpful as it introduces you to a lecture which you cannot learn in class and that it is ‘Real Life Medicine’.

"Secondly, BSMS has a cadaveric dissection room which helps me to learn my anatomy very well. The dissection room, along with availability of 3D printing objects and an excellent curriculum, makes BSMS a great place to study."

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Maaz Malik

"The course has been very intense, but it has been a real joy to get stuck into medicine right away. My favourite part of the course so far has been the dissection sessions.

"From our clinical placements, I have found that I am quite interested in surgery, at the moment." 

 

 

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Rebecca Jenkins

Rebecca Jenkins

"I wanted to come to BSMS because they offered cadaveric dissection, which was one of my top criteria, and the medical school and students gave the most friendly atmosphere at the open day, which made me come away feeling so inspired.

"Brighton is an amazing and diverse city to live and study in. There are so many opportunities, from a really good night life, to the lanes which are lovely to wander around and get lost in! There is also so much beautiful countryside, which is so accessible and provides a great source of relaxation. And, of course, there is the sea too!

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Imad Chowdury

"When I first came to BSMS, I found everyone to be really friendly and really welcoming, and I thought this is an institution that I would like to be a part of.

"Brighton is really fun and there is a lot to do. I am from Manchester originially so we don't get to see much of the sea up there, so I really like being close to the sea. There are loads of quirky places to visit and to eat out from and it's just fun in general."